Do you think gargling salt water or raw apple cider vinegar is more effective fo

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  1. breathe2travel profile image72
    breathe2travelposted 12 years ago

    Do you think gargling salt water or raw apple cider vinegar is more effective for fighting sickness?

  2. MsLofton profile image61
    MsLoftonposted 12 years ago

    I have never tried raw apple cider, does it work for you? If I have a sour throat, I do gargle with salt water. Also for sour throats, I recently found that ice cream is good and that did help me last time.

    1. breathe2travel profile image72
      breathe2travelposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I prefer vinegar for its effectiveness.  I gargle at the sign of a scratchy or sore throat, sometimes when I'm just feeling a bit "under the weather" as a preventative.  My 12 year old daughter is convinced of its effectiveness & takes on her own

  3. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years ago

    Salt water gargles are effective for reducing the inflammation and resultant pain of a "sore throat." I have not used raw apple cider vinegar to cure any "sickness" and I am not aware of any evidence that supports the claims that this is an effective treatment for anything.

    1. jimmylesaint profile image60
      jimmylesaintposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Its all about PH,change the acidity and kill/stop the germs.

  4. Sustainable Sue profile image95
    Sustainable Sueposted 12 years ago

    I'm a singer. I use salt water to gargle with (sea salt). I tried ACV, but made it too strong and created cold sores in my mouth (burned away the outer cells). ACV is great for helping digestion, though.

    What I like about salt water is that it's slightly drying, gentle, and also takes toxins out of the cells. I bathe in sea salt water too, which feels like a mineral bath - soft and soothing.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Salt solutions are good for a lot of things. Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) is something I have used both as a nurse and for myself. Salt water gargles are very effective for sore throats.

  5. coffeegginmyrice profile image81
    coffeegginmyriceposted 12 years ago

    I have not really tried gargling salt water to fight against a sore throat and bad cold that could lead to flu, neither an apple cider vinegar.  But let me share one thing. After a visit to the dentist for a pulled tooth, my pa would mix salt into water for us to gargle. This he said will heal and close up the wound quickly, kill the germs and we'll enjoy our meals without restrictions.

    With controlling and fighting against sickness, I teach my kids to drink and drink lots of water and Vit-C juice. Drown those bacteria!

  6. Farmgirlalee profile image55
    Farmgirlaleeposted 12 years ago

    I think both are very effective treatments and depending on what you are trying to treat.  I use a strong salt-water (saline) solution when I have a sore throat.  You ca also make a saline solution and use a Neti Pot to wash your sinuses if you are having problems with infections or allergies.  If you are having issues with internal yeasts or stomach issues, apple cider vinegar can be wonderful tonic.  Also, sometimes salt water is more palatable than ACV which means you can keep it on the affected area longer.  If you do use ACV, I would recommend cutting it down with a bit of water to prevent mouth sores.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The Neti pot is a wonderful invention for those of us who suffer repeated upper respiratory problems. I always hated nasal irrigation until I discovered this wonderful product!

  7. cat on a soapbox profile image95
    cat on a soapboxposted 12 years ago

    I prefer salt water or baking soda. I think vinegar would need dilution.

  8. artist101 profile image61
    artist101posted 12 years ago

    Neither are good for fighting sickness, but are effective for a sore throat. The most effective supplement is zinc. Not only does it kill viruses, but also raises immunity. Apple cider is effective only if it is a fungus infection, such as thrush. Salt water has healing properties, but very doubtful to kill viruses, or bacteria that cause sickness. I have wrote an article http://Is-it-cold-or-allergy covering the subject.

  9. Efficient Admin profile image86
    Efficient Adminposted 11 years ago

    I hear both are helpful, especially gargling with salt water when you have a sore throat.  I tried that once and it did make my throat feel better.

    Also drink some pure lemon juice, from a fresh squeezed lemon, everyday.  Add it to your water.  Also, Dr. Oz recommends 1/4 cup warm water, juice of a lemon wedge, and 2 dashes of hot sauce should detox the liver.  I am trying that now.

  10. IDONO profile image60
    IDONOposted 11 years ago

    I'd rather deal with the sore throat than do either. This sounds like sticking your finger in a light socket to get rid of a headache. Or the side effects of some of the meds they sell on T.V.  Rub some dirt on it or walk it off. You'll be just fine.

    1. artist101 profile image61
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      funny, you gave me a smile today, thank you.


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